A group of about a dozen people, perhaps led by Andrew Burkes gathered at the Tulsa County Courthouse to protest the $9.1 MILLION bail ordered separately for Jake England and Allen Watts. It is a huge bail. Neither men, each who have confessed to the shootings, are likely to have anyone willing to bail them out, but still it begs the question: Oklahoma does not require bail to be set in capital crimes, so why bother? Burkes says Tulsa’s north side has to protect itself. I don’t live on the north side, but I’m asking who is protecting “us” from “them.” “Them” being not Mr. Burkes, but the north side criminals who seem to venture everywhere across our city with unsavory thoughts and plans.
Andrew Burkes led the small group of protesters with a sign that said “Blacks are under attack, we must fight back.”
Burkes took it a step further when he called republican leaders John Boehner and Eric Cantor confederates. “They are generals in the Confederate party which they call the Republican Party” he added. “They are generals and these are their foot soldiers they sending out to do these little jobs for them.” Listen to the audio interview here.
Burkes reportedly said ‘this is the beginning, this isn’t the end, it’s the beginning.” One in the group suggested the New Black Panthers might come to Tulsa and teach the north side how to protect themselves. Again, who is going to protect “me” from “them?” Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are expected in Tulsa this weekend. They don’t give a fig about my safety.
While there is a nationwide gearing-up against Neighborhood Watches, walk any street on Tulsa’s north side and if you could see under shirts and in waistbands, you would find hundreds of weapons on the streets, as compared to the rest of the city. You would probably find thousands more weapons in that area than any place else in Tulsa.
Jake England, a Native American who is reported as a White man, and Allen Watts, a White man, shot 5 Blacks on Tulsa’s north side. Two men and one woman died. Two were wounded and were released from the hospital the next day.
Both men have confessed to pulling the trigger: England shot three and Watt two.
England’s father, Carl England, was fatally shot in 2010 by a man who had threatened his daughter and tried to kick in the door of her home.
The man was black, and police say Jake England may have been seeking vengeance when he and his roommate shot five black people last week. Source: ABC
The man who shot Carl England is Pernell Jefferson, a previous felon. After leaving Jake England’s sister’s home, Carl England went in search of Jefferson. He found him. They fought and Jefferson pulled a gun and shot Carl England in the chest. The jury convicted Jefferson of something and gave him 6 years in prison. Lucky for Ms. England that Jefferson was not able to kick down the door. Unlucky for Mr. England that he tried to protect his daughter. I have found nothing saying that Carl England was armed with anything more than a stick.
In the audio linked above, Burkes says the police do not want to call this “racism.” A read of the above paragraph goes a long way in explaining that hesitation. Burkes also says if this was Israel, it would be called “terrorism.” There could have been a conversation about “terrorism” in parts of Tulsa, outside of, but not exclusive from, the north side every night. But most of that crime is Black on Black or Black on White.
Having said all that, England and Watts have confessed. Unless Watts fired two shots that wounded, but did not kill, it is likely in Oklahoma that both will face the death penalty. Appropriate in this case. None of those dead today did anything to either of these men. Blessings to their families, and they will need those blessings because the north side of Tulsa is always a roiling cauldron where Black on Black crime is probably as frequent as nationwide statistics.
Every neighborhood needs their own Defending Fathers, regardless of the ethnicity. Every neighborhood needs parents to keep the kids off the streets. Every neighborhood needs parents to deny gangs control of the streets, sidewalks and school yards.